Filming June 2012, Danny's Day Trip follows an Iraq war vet, dealing with PTSD, on a one day taxi ride to an Indian Reservation.
Patton's Slap, Combat Fatigue, Shell Shock, Psychoneurosis ...
The terminology may have changed over two centuries but they are all synonymous with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Danny's Day Trip is a full length character genre film that follows a recovering Iraq war veteran on a one day cab ride from Chicago to an Indian Reservation in Michigan. Like many vets today, Danny is managing and living with PTSD. As he struggles with medications and unrealized goals, his day trip to Michigan allows him and Charlie, the cab driver, to explore current social topics.
It's moving, it's ironic, and at times, heart wrenching and funny.
Listen to the Director, Matthew Scott Lloyd, as he tells you what prompted him to write Danny's Day Trip. Click on the project video. You'll hear the personal story of treating the symptoms and how inadequate that can be. This is not a film about war or violence or a documentary about statistics - it's about real people - the people in our lives.
Budget for Filming and Caffeine
We are using this Kickstarter page for Phase 1 of Danny's Day Trip which is the initial filming and basic film production costs: hiring cast and crew, equipment and location rentals, production design, fortifying cast and crew with healthy food and lots of high octane coffee.
Most of the big props have been secured, including the venerable Yellow Cab you see on the project page. Yes, we now own a Yellow Cab with 275,000 miles. So you see - we are already committed to this project. Your contributions will get us through casting, feed and care of the crew and cast, filming the ride from Chicago to the Indian Reservation in Michigan and all of the permits and licensing that we have to have to film a movie as we tow a cab on a two wheel dolly up a Michigan highway.
Launching in July, Phase 2 will cover the final editing, trailer, print and promotion and festival submissions. Our monetary goal for Phase 2 is in the 6k neighborhood. If contributions are exceed our expectations, then we can go right into Phase 2 without having to build this site again. Our ultimate goal is to submit to the major film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance as well as others and ultimately to sell the film for distribution on DVD. However, our first goal is make a REALLY GOOD film with a REALLY GOOD message.
Matthew Scott Lloyd, Writer/Director --
Matt is currently a Grad student at Depaul University and is making Danny's Day Trip in conjunction with the MFA Thesis requirements. Matt has successfully produced two feature films as well as directed two short films that were accepted at the Illinois International Film Festival in 2011 (Sons of War) and the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2012 (As We Go Along.)
Matthew Scott Lloyd is a visionary filmmaker who possesses an uncanny knack for collaboration, a tireless enthusiasm for pursuing creative excellence and an extraordinary ability to create unforgettable characters.
.Chris Vinopal, Cinematographer --
Chris, a seasoned and professional cinematographer, has been working in the film industry since 2006. His most recent project was Janie Jones, starring Academy Award Nominee, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Eizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas). Other projects include: Waitress, My Bloody Valentine, The Hammer, Archie's Final Project, and Lonely Street.
Chris's ability to create beautiful and relevant imagery is limitless.
Why are we using Kickstarter? It's fast and efficient and committed to supporting the arts. Kickstarter allows us to reach our network and your network and your network's network quickly and easily. We're good at what we do (see our bios) and we do it very efficiently and we are fast and we are very committed to making this film (see paragraph above about the Yellow Cab with 275,000 miles).
But movies are still expensive to make. They are highly speculative and inherently risky - so if we haven't scared you off yet, look at the levels of support to the right and show the love and pledge today. We have 30 days to raise the funds for Phase 1 of the project. Once we reach our goal there is NO SHAME in going over the goal - only a glory we hope to see! We are allowed to exceed our goal and if we do, then we won't have to launch phase 2 for funding which gives us more time and energy and focus to create a quality movie.
That being said, Kickstarter funding is ALL-OR-NOTHING, so the film has to reach the minimum they've established in order to get any funding for this first go around. If we don't reach the $16,780 then you don't get charged for anything and no one gets a dime, not Kickstarter, not Amazon, and especially not Danny's Day Trip.
So, check out the pledge levels and rewards listed on the right. We will appreciate contributions at all levels! But, we'll really appreciate you if you get to the big dog levels. You can also check out the Masllo web page for Danny's Day Trip film updates and photos and more info about the cast and crew. Check out the donor page to see your name in lights as a supporter of Danny's Day Trip.
The story is scripted, casting is in progress and operationally we are finalizing logistics for a film start date of 15 June 2012. Initial filming will be completed in June/early July. And then we move into Phase 2 of the project - editing and sound - in August so we can complete and submit to the major film festivals nationally and internationally.
So, look at the funding levels to the right and make your pledge now - we only have 30 days - it will be all over by June 1 and will all be starting on June 2! Danny's Day Trip needs your support! Pledge now and check back for updates on the film's progress.
Seriously, you can make a difference and thanks, thanks, thanks and many thanks for your help!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 28, 2012.
Apr 26, 2012 - May 28, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Skipping the Barista today -- pledge $5 and the Director will send you a personal thank you email. You can frame the email when the film is famous and know you were in on the ground floor.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Your coffee Barista is is getting lonely this week because you are a conscientious supporter of art and film. You will get a thank you email and a formatted screensaver of the cab used in the film as shown on the webpage.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Your coffee Barista is ready to look for a new job ... maybe they can help you host your own private film festival in conjunction with the major leagues because you are getting your own personal copy of the final production DVD and all the other stuff mentioned before this too!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for getting us closer to our goal. And because we appreciate you so much, we're sending you a ready to be framed 8x10 glossy of Danny's cab with the director sitting on the roof. And the Director will sign that bad boy personnally - no autopens in this oval office! And because you are so great, we'll be sending that final release DVD and all the other stuff mentioned before this too!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $55 or more
Thank you for going on the coffee diet! Your support is moving us closer to a finished project. We are going to send you all the previous rewards including a poster signed by cast and crew and the final release of the film on DVD when available.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $125 or more
We want everyone to know you better - send your $125 pledge and we'll list you in the movie credits under a "Special Thank You" section and on the film's website also. And you will get the final release of the film DVD when it's available and it will be signed by the Director. And if you are in witness security, it's ok to be anonymous #87 for this shout out! This level will also get you a video skype conference call with the cast and crew on location shoot in June!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $475 or more
Ok, so we want to know you better too! Your $475 pledge gets you a private screening with the other big dog supporters in the personal media room of the director in Chicago and a full size movie poster. And we'll throw in the final release of the DVD signed by cast and crew when available so you can hold your own private screening. (Travel and red carpet not included)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Holy Bat Crap - you better clear out some wall space because you just made the Big Dog Club! And we have a big dog reward for you! The director's big dog Max, the St. Bernard, is gonna make sure you get that poster with a personal signature of the Director/Writer and all of the previous rewards too plus 10 more DVD's of the film to send to your friends and family. (Sorry, Big Dog Max not included.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
Holy Freaking Bat Crap - you are going to get all of the above and an "Executive Producer" listing in the film credits and on the film website. You'll also be the proud recipient of all the previous rewards mentioned here too! And for our highest backer, we will send you the Yellow Cab topper signed by the cast and crew to use as art where ever you like! Ta Da!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012